How to register to vote amid pandemic

    Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) registration for new voters has officially started. With the upcoming 2022 national elections fast approaching, the pressure for each vote also increases. Voters’ registration resumed last September 2 amid the ongoing quarantine in the country.

    With millennials and Gen Z comprising 57% of the voting population, youth groups encourage young Filipinos to register and vote in 2022. Here’s a simple guide on how to register as a voter amid the pandemic.

    But before going to your local COMELEC office, be reminded that registration is on hold in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

    1. DOWNLOAD REQUIRED APPLICATION FORMS

    There will be two forms needed: the registration form (CEF-1) and the added data (Annex B). You can download these forms, including the Coronavirus Self Declaration Form, from COMELEC’s website.

     COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez also made a guide on how to fill them up.

     REMINDERS ON HOW TO PRINT AND FILL OUT FORMS:

    – Print them on a long bond paper (8.5″ x 13″).

    – Fill them out with the needed information but don’t sign them up yet. Leave the oath portion blank. Jimenez noted: “The law says you can only do that in person, before the Election Officer.”

    2. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR ELECTION OFFICER

    Step number two is very important, especially now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Coming to your local COMELEC office with these forms will make your appointment shorter, but if you do not have the resources to print out the needed forms, they will be available at the office for free.

    This step, however, is optional. Anyone can walk in anytime, but the COMELEC offices will prioritize those with appointments. For people living in Metro Manila, check this updated list on Jimenez’s website. If you’re from areas outside Metro Manila, you can check their albums for the schedules per region.

    You can make an appointment through their Facebook page or phone. Registration can be done from Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

    3. THINGS TO REMEMBER AT THE COMELEC OFFICE

    Don’t forget to wear your face masks, shields, wipes, and alcohol for your protection against the virus. You’ll be asked to sign a health declaration form.

    After submitting your forms, have it verified, signing the oath, and let the COMELEC officer take your biometric as the last step. Then that’s it, the registration process is complete.

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